You can now use music from some Pokémon games without invoking the copyright wrath of Nintendo or The Pokémon Company — in certain circumstances. TPC has launched a Pokémon DP Sound Library that, as the name implies, lets you use audio from the original Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games in personal projects. You can slip sound effects into a social media video, for instance, or even soundtrack your wedding with a favorite theme. Background music is also allowed for any non-commercial event or personal websites.
You can also download the music for personal consumption. The library website streams music on its own if you’re just looking to reminisce with some online radio.
To say there are tight restrictions would be an understatement, however. The Pokémon Company has a strict ban on any commercial uses — you can forget about selling a Pokémon-inspired remix album or game. You can’t use the content for broadcast radio or TV, advertising purposes or anything that implies an association with TPC. And did we mention that you can’t use the media in anything that makes specific “ideological, religious, or political” claims? Add the requirement for a lengthy copyright notice (163 characters, or more than half the maximum Twitter post length) and you’ll probably only be using Diamond and Pearl content very sparingly.
This gesture is a start, though, and it suggests The Pokémon Company is aware personal audio use might help the company’s reputation more than it hurts. With that said, we wouldn’t expect a dramatic change of heart. TPC’s frequent partner Nintendo recently slapped GilvaSunner’s YouTube-based soundtrack channel with thousands of copyright blocks, effectively forcing him to shut it down. We wouldn’t expect TPC to be more lenient for commercial uses, even with the library in place.
Announcing the Pokémon DP Sound Library! 🎶
All the music you love from the original Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games is now available to listen to AND download for use in personal video and music creation.
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) February 2, 2022